California and Baja California Plate Tectonic History,
20 Ma to Present, animation


Shows the growth of the Pacific-North American plate boundary from 20 million years ago to present, demonstrating the evolution of the San Andreas fault system and emphasizing the rotation of the Transverse Ranges block within the plate boundary region.

To view this movie, click on the images.


Download: California and Baja California Plate Movie (5 MB)


This movie was created by Tanya Atwater using Photoshop and Morph. (Its prototype was the first computer animation I ever made! Thanks to Yann Ricard for getting me started.)


Comments on this and all of the animations offered on this site are welcomed: atwater@geol.ucsb.edu